Category Archives: Minnesota

Election Day

The first Tuesday in November is Election Day in the United States.

I urge all of my readers who can to exercise the franchise.

Also, for the umpteeth time–I want Election Day as a National Holiday. What good reason is there for Election Day not to be a National Holiday? What possible case is there against it?

United Way Racing

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These are the sort of shenanigans we get to at work raising money for the United Way. This is the Hot Wheels competition.

Out of 86 entries, I made the top 10 but didn’t make it into the medal round. Alas!

St. Urho!

March 16th is the Feast Day of St. Urho, of Finland. An entirely imaginary Saint, Urho is celebrated in Minnesota, mainly in the Finnish town of Finland on the North Shore.
This statue, though is found in Menahga, in the Mississippi headwaters region of the state.
St.Urho Statue

Dreamhaven Bookstore closing

Via the Dreamhaven Catalog email:
Extremely sad news for genre fans in Minneapolis. For years, we’ve been blessed by having two genre bookstores
to wander through and buy books from. That is a state of affairs that is not going to last:
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VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
I’ll be closing the retail store at the end of January. It’s been a tough
decision but in-store business has all but disappeared. Mail order
shouldn’t change too much because of this but there definitely will be
changes — different phone number, different hours, more used instead of
new books listed — but all in all, things should be pretty much as is.
Perhaps even better since I’ll have more time to catalog books that have
been piling up here for the past 35 years. There will also be some big
sales as I begin to clear some items out of my regular inventory.
I’ll still be attending conventions, likely more than I do now. I’ll go
where the business is. I’ll be in San Diego for World Fantasy and Chicago
for WindyCon so come and see me at either one.
Greg
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Picture of the Day: St Urho Statue

St.Urho Statue by Jvstin
St.Urho Statue, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The route to Itasca and Bemidji on State Highway 71 doesn’t have a lot of landmarks, but this is one of them.

This bizarre statue is dedicated to the legend of Saint Urho, who supposedly chased the grasshoppers out of Finland to save a grape harvest before the Ice Age. At least, that’s what it says on the plaque.

If you go to the flickr page and choose the original size, you can read the entire story for yourself, if you are interested. My take is that it’s a remarkably imaginative piece of fiction…

Picture: Origin of the Mississippi

The origin of the Mississippi by Jvstin
The origin of the Mississippi, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

It’s time to start sharing pictures from my two fall color trips.

First up:

This is Itasca State Park, in northwest Minnesota. As the marker indicates, this is the outlet of the lake, a little river called the Mississippi. Yes, you can walk across those rocks there, and thus walk across the river. There is also a small wooden slab a few yards downstream (to the right) for those who are afraid of the slippery rocks, or don’t want to cross them twice.

Itasca State Park and the lake sit on and north of the Itasca moraine, which is why, paradoxically, the river flows north and east out of the park, and only turns south for good at Grand Rapids (birthplace of Judy Garland).

Picture of the Day: Angle Rock

Angle Rock by Jvstin
Angle Rock, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is the very top of Angle rock, at Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls Minnesota.Angle rock is a particularly hard piece of basalt. Its so hard in fact that the St. Croix River couldn’t and can’t erode it, causing the entire river to bend at this point.

I was particularly struck by the tree growing out of the top, and the mottled, twisted appearance of the top of it. So I pulled in with this shot to emphasize both.